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Margrit Betke, Professor, Department of Computer Science

Short Bio and Funding, Selected Papers

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: Computer vision and assistive technologies. Projects:
Publications: Recent publications and full list of publications, ACM Digital Library profile, Microsoft Academic Search profile, Google Scholar profile, DBLP profile.
Students: PhD students: Mikhail Breslav, Danna Gurari, Ajjen Joshi, Wenxin Feng, Andrew Kurauchi, Mehrnoosh Sameki, Diane Hirsh Theriault, UROP MA/BA student: Seule Ki Kim, Gordon Towne. Former postdoc: Zheng Wu. Student Awards. Most recently: Chris Kwan's. Former students.
Teaching: Artificial Intelligence (CS 440/640) in Spring 2015, Room EPC 209, Tue, Thu 12:30-2 pm
Geometric Algorithms (CS 132) in Fall 2010
Image and Video Computation (CS 585) in Fall 2015: Tue/Thu 12:30-2 pm, MCS B19
Directed Study in Image and Video Computing: CAS CS 492, GRS CS 941, or GRS CS 979, or Directed Study in AI: GRS CS 941, ongoing.
Office Hours: Spring 2015: Tue 11:30-12:30, 2-3, Thu 3-4:30 and by appointment.
Awards: Margrit Betke was elected to Senior Member of the ACM and Senior Member of the IEEE in October 2012. She was one of two academics to win the "Top 10 Women to Watch in New England" Award in 2005. More importantly, sixteen of her student research assistants have won awards. Most recently, a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on the Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2013.
In the Press: Group Behavior: BU.
Camera Mouse: Video Interview, BU, Kablenet, Belfast Telegraph, MassHighTech, Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Empathic Painting: BBC, ABC News, SydneyMH, The Hindu, DigitalWorld Tokyo, Inky, Canada TecChannel - München, Frontpage - Netherlands
Free Software: Camera Mouse - a program that enables a person with severe disabilities to control the mouse pointer on the computer screen just by moving the head.
Camera Canvas - image editing software developed for people with severe motor impairments who cannot use their hands to operate a mouse or keyboard. It can be used with the Camera Mouse or other mouse-replacement tools. Camera Canvas enables users to edit images and draw pictures just by moving their heads.
Animate! -- a program that enables people with disabilities to create animations of an anthropomorphic figure.
Patent: "Method and system for the detection, comparison and volumetric quantification of pulmonary nodules on medical computed tomography scans." Inventors Margrit Betke and Jane P. Ko., US Patent 7,206,462, issued on April 17, 2007.

Recent Publications:

Journal Papers:

C. W. Kwan, I. Paquette, J. J. Magee, and M. Betke, "Adaptive Sliding Menubars Make Existing Software More Accessible to People with Severe Motion Impairments," Universal Access in the Information Society. 13(1):5-22, March 2014. pdf.

Diane H. Theriault, Nathan W. Fuller, Brandon E. Jackson, Evan Bluhm, Dennis Evangelista, Zheng Wu, Margrit Betke, and Tyson L. Hedrick "A protocol and calibration method for accurate multi-camera field videography." The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217:1843--1848. Open Access online, February 2014. Article.

S. Epstein, E. Missimer and M. Betke. "Using kernels for a video-based mouse-replacement interface," Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18(1):47-60, January 2014. pdf .

Conference Papers:

A. Kurauchi, W. Feng, C. Morimoto, and M. Betke. "HMAGIC: Head Movement And Gaze Input Cascaded Pointing," 8th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, (PETRA), Corfu, Greece, July 1-3, 2015, 5 pages, pdf

J. Zhang, S. Ma, M. Sameki, S. Sclaroff, M. Betke, Z. Lin, X. Shen, B. Price, and R. Mech, "Salient Object Subitizing," IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, (CVPR), Boston, MA, June 7-12, 2015, pages 4045-4054. Paper and poster.

M. Sameki, D. Gurari, and M. Betke, "Characterizing Image Segmentation Behavior of the Crowd," 2015 Conference on Collective Intelligence, Santa Clara, CA, May 31-June 2, 2015, 4 pages, pdf or local copy. Oral Presentation.

A. Joshi, C. Monnier, M. Betke, and S. Sclaroff, "A Random Forest Approach to Segmenting and Classifying Gestures," 11th IEEE International Conference on Face and Gesture Recognition, (FG), Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 4-8, 2015. 8 pages. pdf.

D. Gurari, D. Theriault, M. Sameki, B. Isenberg, T. A. Pham, A. Purwada, P. Solski, M. Walker, C. Zhang, J. Y. Wong, and M. Betke. "How to Collect Segmentations for Biomedical Images? A Benchmark evaluating the performance of experts, crowdsourced non-experts, and algorithms." IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Hawaii, January 2015. 8 pages. pdf.

D. Gurari, D. Theriault, and M. Betke. "Informed Segmentation: A Framework for Using Context to Select an Algorithm and a Case Study Using Humans in the Loop." Interactive Medical Image Computation Workshop (IMIC), held in conjunction with MICCAI 2014, in Boston on Sunday, September 14. 9 pages. pdf. Presentation Video.

D. Gurari, D. Theriault, M. Sameki, and M. Betke. "How to use level set methods to accurately find boundaries of cells in biomedical images? Evaluation of six methods paired with automated and crowdsourced initial contours." The Interactive Medical Image Computation Workshop (IMIC), in conjunction with MICCAI 2014, Boston, September 14. 9 pages. pdf. BEST PAPER AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE IDEA. Code and Data. Presentation Video.

Z. Wu, N. Fuller, D. Theriault, and M. Betke. "A Thermal Infrared Video Benchmark for Visual Analysis.'' In Proceedings of 10th IEEE Workshop on Perception Beyond the Visible Spectrum (PBVS), Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2014. 8 pages. Pdf. Dataset.

Z. Kong, K. Ozcimder, N. W. Fuller, D. Theriault, M. Betke and J. Baillieul, "Perception and Steering Control in Paired Bat Flight." The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC , Capetown, South Africa, August 2014, 7 pages.

Earlier Publications:

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Margrit Betke, Professor
Computer Science Department
Boston University
111 Cummington Mall, Rm MCS 286
Boston, MA 02215 ( campus map )
Email: betke @ cs.bu.edu
URL: http://www.cs.bu.edu/faculty/betke
Phone: 617-353-8919 (or 6412)
Fax: 617-353-6457
Last updated: July 2014
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